A new poll shows that while the vast majority of haredi youth say they will not join the IDF or national civilian service, many are proud of being Israeli citizens and have a nationalistic, patriotic worldview.
New Poll Finds 26% Of Haredi Teens Are Zionist
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A new poll shows that while the vast majority of haredi youth say they will not join the IDF or national civilian service, many are proud of being Israeli citizens and have a nationalistic, patriotic worldview, Ynet reported.
The poll was commissioned by the Zionist Council in Israel and was conducted by Midgam.
However the poll surveyed 501 members of Internet panel iPanel, who make up a representative national sample of the Hebrew-speaking Jewish population that are 15- to 18 years old.
But since few hardline haredi youth have Internet access, the poll’s results may skewed.
Among its findings:
• 70% of those surveyed consider themselves to be Zionists. However, only 26% of haredi respondents viewed themselves that way.
• 89% of respondents said they define themselves as Israelis. However, only 68% of haredim consider themselves Israelis.
• 76% of the Jewish respondents plan on joining the IDF, but only 13% of haredi respondents plan on doing so.
• If Knesset elections were held today and these youth were able to vote, 18% would vote for the Likud Party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Another 18% would vote for the Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi party headed by Naftali Bennett. But only 5% would vote for Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party while 5% would vote for the hard rightwing Otzma LeYisrael Party led by former Knesset Members Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, both of whom are followers of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane.
• 60% make sure or try to only eat in kosher restaurants
• 92% of boys – including 85% of secular boys – were called up to read from the Torah on their bar mitzvah.
• 67% of the respondents – including 31% who define themselves as secular – recite Kiddush on Shabbat.
• Only 5% want to live in the West Bank. 12% – 23% of secular respondents – want to live abroad.
• Almost 75% were willing to donate 5% of their income. But secular respondents and residents of the Tel Aviv district were very unlikely to donate any money.